With 55 full-time faculty, 500 undergraduate majors, and over 200 graduate students, English is one of the largest and most vibrant departments at Georgia State University. We are proud of the breadth and excellence of our programs, which range from the two-semester Freshman Composition sequence to Ph.D. programs in literary studies, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, and secondary education. In addition to these traditional concentrations, we teach classes in digital humanities, folklore, literary theory, cultural studies, professional and technical writing (including electronic editing and publishing), and a variety of eclectic fields and topics such as ethnic literature, graphic novels, African literature, editing, and the ever-popular practical grammar.
Faculty research and creative writing have been recognized by major awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission and the Guggenheim Foundation. We publish in the top journals and presses in the field: take a look at the brimming bookcase outside our front office for a sampling of what we’ve been up to lately.
Our undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to participate in international exchange and study abroad programs (in England, France, Italy, Germany, China, and elsewhere), faculty research, and service learning and internships. Many students gain editorial experience through one of the many publications housed in our department: the award-winning literary journal Five Points; The South Atlantic Review; Studies in the Literary Imagination; new south; and The Eudora Welty Review. Our location in the heart of downtown Atlanta and our diverse student population allow us to take advantage of both the historical and cultural richness of the region and the resources of its fastest-growing and most international urban center.